Vedanta is the name of a practical and universal philosophy that acknowledges the oneness of Truth and that all cultures converge as each soul is potentially divine. The common goal of life is therefore to manifest this divinity from within. Due to diverse cultures, personalities and qualities, the methodologies will be pluralistic. The guiding ideals of the Society are those of the perennial essence of truth as experienced by universal seers and as espoused for the modern age by Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Sarada Devi and Swami Vivekananda.
The Sanskrit term “Vedanta” is derived from “Vid” – to know or see first-hand and “anta” or end or culmination. The compound term therefore means the “Essence or Finality of Truth” that can be accessed by all with the right tuning. The timeless truths were first encapsulated in the Upanishad portion of the ancient Vedas, clarified by the Vedanta Sutras and popularised by the Bhagavad Gita. Since then, many modern texts have been written that incorporate scientific thinking in the area of biological sciences and physics.
The Vedanta position is broad-minded and deep and is therefore able to incorporate every diverse perception of the Truth and surpass it. For this reason, it is the basis of universal harmony.